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Revathi and Myself

The following incidents happened in part of South India, where things and cultures are conservative. Sometime in 1993 during my tenth standard (Year 10), I was fresh from a city school, joining to a rural, village, and Government Middle school. I was feeling good, because, I know, since I received a better quality of education (City), I thought I will easily top the class! Out came the Quarterly exam results, guess my rank, Alas, SECOND!

A brilliant girl named Revathi, bagged the First Rank â€" for which I almost (well almost) cried. That was the last time I almost cried during my career life. OK, I started taking notice of this girl Revathi (without she could find out!). She was pretty and homely girl, very nice behaviour having lot of respect for teachers. At that time, I was concentrated on only two things: 1. Study well 2. Play well. As soon as the school gets over we will run to the ground for playing football, volley ball or cricket (in that same order, I lost interest in those, but playing fascinates me even now!).

At those times, I wanted to beat her in education and snatch the first rank, at any cost. And I am not a vigorous reader at home also, I used to listen in the classrooms, do my homework (also in class), and come home sleep. Even my parents have not seen me studying at home â€" even on the day before exam. I knew there is only one way, I can overtake her. It is ENGLISH. The subject which was tough for most of my rural friends was a cakewalk for me, as I studied in Matriculation School where English is the medium of teaching. I studied only up to 3rd standard in the City Matriculation schools.

I need not tell the remaining sucecss story, with good scores in English, I snatched the First Rank. From then on, I retained the first rank forever. At those ages itself, my friends have expressed their love to her got a slap or two, or warnings from her Father. I had no guts to even speak to her - forget about expressing love.

Now, sometime in the recent years, when I went to my native village in South India recently (six months ago), I met one of my friends. While talking about the past days, he asked me, "Do u remember Revathi". I told, "Yes’. He told she is married 2 year before and got two children now. He also told, in those times, my friends thought that Revathi and myself would make a good pair. It was a fantasy it seems, for my friends. Just I thought back, was I in love with her? Was she the childhood sweetheart of my life? No way, liking a girl or boy in schools not necessarily means love, marriage etc etc, right?

Comments

Ranjani Ravi said…
Interesting post!hmmmm..What you have mentioned is quite true.When we think of the crushes we had in the yesteryears now,we would laugh out stomachs out.Nice anecdote!:)

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